Cowan, Tennessee

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Cowan is a city in Franklin County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 1,770 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Tullahoma, Tennessee Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Cowan was originally founded in 1808 but remained a minor settlement for several years.

Cowan's establishment as a significant place dates from the mid-19th century and developed mostly as a railroad town. It was the site where several branch lines met the main NC&StL Nashville to Chattanooga trunk. As the last stop before the uphill climb onto the nearby Cumberland Plateau, pusher engines to assist trains in making the steep ascent were based there, and are still in use today.

The town's economy declined with the importance of the railroad after United States Highway 41A was built in the 1940s. The old passenger depot was restored as a museum, and is a focal point of the downtown area.


Cowan is located at 35°10′0″N 86°0′43″W / 35.166667°N 86.01194°W / 35.166667; -86.01194 (35.166668, -86.011839).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.1 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,770 people, 746 households, and 499 families residing in the city. The population density was 895.6 people per square mile (345.2/km²). There were 803 housing units at an average density of 406.3/sq mi (156.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.68% White, 9.44% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.79% from other races, and 1.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.36% of the population.

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